The '''University of California''' ('''UC''') is a public university university system|system
in the U.S. state
. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education
, the University of California is a part of the state's three-system public higher education
plan, which also include the California State University
system and the California Community Colleges System
Governed by a semi-autonomous University of California Regents|Board of Regents
, the University of California has 10 campuses, a combined student body of 251,700 students, 21,200 faculty members, 144,000 staff members and over 1.86 million living Alumnus|alumni
as of October 2016.
The University of California was founded in 1868 and operated temporarily in Oakland until opening its first campus in Berkeley in 1873. Its tenth and newest campus in University of California, Merced|Merced
opened in fall...